Rafa is right to say today in the local press that Newcastle United have not received the credit we deserve, given that we have been top of the league a lot this season and as far as the stats go we have been dominant.
It’s not just because we are a big club that we’ve managed to do this – Aston Villa have failed this season and Leeds United have found it difficult to get back to the top division since being relegated back in 2004.
Newcastle have been in an automatic promotion spot in the top two in the Championship table since last October, so that cannot be bad.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager
But that doesn’t stop Championship pundits like David Prutton predicting Newcastle losing points in too many games and at the same time predicting Brighton and Huddersfield to win most of their games.
We have never quite seen the obvious bias Prutton has shown against Newcastle United this year.
Rafa Benitez has told some home truths today and this is some of what he has said as reported in the Northern Echo:
“I don’t know if we have received the credit we deserve.”
“Because I have been on both sides of the fence – teams with money, teams with no money – I used to get upset at things like this.”
“Now, what we must do is give everything.”
“People say, ‘Oh, but you have money’ – that does not matter. You just have to go out and win. We are pleased to win games, especially when we score goals and don’t concede.”
“Here, to achieve what we are trying to achieve is quite complicated. Every year, you see the teams that are relegated and not all of them do well. We still have to do our job.”
“We have to keep going, and then afterwards if people say it is because we have more money, it will still be a great achievement.”
“Everyone will have his opinion.”
“Not just me, but every single Newcastle fan would be happy to be in this position with seven games to go if we had been offered it at the start of the season.”
“We are in a fantastic position, so we just have to concentrate and try to make the most of it.”
If we can get promotion then Rafa will see the Newcastle fans go crazy and celebrate big time because we are back in the Premier League at the very first attempt.
We also have the makings of a good side.
Certainly nobody associated with Newcastle underestimates the fabulous job Rafa has done in just over a year.
We suppose this is what happens when Newcastle have a world-class manager.
Long may it continue and if we do get promoted we can start to really dream again this summer, which promises to be a very exciting one for Newcastle fans everywhere.
What could possibly be better than that?